Relational Psychodynamics

Relational Psychodynamics
Starts from:Fri, April 27, 2018
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • KEY UNIT Key unit in the new award - Graduate Diploma in Supervision as well as the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction. Elective unit which can be taken within the supervision, spirituality or spiritual direction pathways.
Class Description

DS9061J is the face-to-face class

DS9069J is the online class (Online students will be able to view the lectures 48 hours after each class, videos available on ARK).

Contemporary research highlights the central role of interpersonal relationships as a core element in any helping process. In the ministry of spiritual direction for example, a director needs to be able to enter into a relationship with a directee in a facilitative way and not have major intrapsychic blocks to relationship development.  Using the foundational insights of Bernard Lonergan, Luigi Rulla and Magda Arnold, this unit focuses on self-awareness, self-exploration and self-understanding. Students will be given theoretical frameworks to assist them to gain greater understanding of their own psychodynamics, and insight into others.


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that participants will be able to:

  1. describe and evaluate the influence of the unconscious mind on human behaviour, and specifically on conscious intentionality;
  2. demonstrate an informed and critical understanding of key elements in the structure of the self including: intuitive and reflective appraisal; categories of importance in desire and human motivation; actual and ideal self; general and specific attitudes;
  3. illustrate and reflect on the following from personal experience: freedom – essential and effective; ego defences, defensiveness and defence mechanisms; compliance, identification and internalization; the worlds of limit and desire; the three levels of psychic life— the physiological, the psychosocial and the spiritual;
  4. explain how cultural and gender considerations affect the interpretation of behaviour in psychodynamic psychology;
  5. compare and evaluate theories of the influence of childhood experience on human behaviour.


Dr Carlos Raimundo


Session 1 – Friday 27th  & Saturday 28th  April 2018 (9.00am-5.00pm)

Session 2 – Friday 4th  & Saturday 5th  May 2018 (9.00am-5.00pm)

Session 3 – Friday 25th  & Saturday 26th  May 2018 (9.00am-5.00pm)


Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

Nadal Classroom


For academic credit                       $2,400

Not for academic credit                $1,200


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*Lonergan, Bernard. Method in Theology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1971.

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Rulla, Luigi M. Anthropology of the Christian Vocation, Volume 1, Interdisciplinary Basis. Rome: Gregorian University Press, 1986.

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  • Carlos Raimundo


    Dr Carlos A Raimundo is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, PhD, MBA, Executive Coach and Trainer, Supervisor living in Australia. He is the creator of the 3D Simulation Technology, the Play of Life®; that revolutionised individual and team behavioural trans...